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Mice Net : February 2009
sydney & surrounds rooms include two-line telephones, data port, high-speed internet access and a safe large enough to fit a laptop. The Executive Club lounge on the 32nd floor offers breakfast each morning and cocktails and canapés in the early evening. The Business Centre provides 24 hour support to guests, computer terminals and a conference room for meetings. And for those who can fit in a little rest and relaxation during their stay there are three restaurants to choose from including the hugely popular Kable’s, and The Spa at Four Seasons. Visit www. fourseasons.com/sydney for further details. Horizon Club Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel. and have been restored to their original beauty. Also in this space is a brightly coloured woollen tapestry which is said to be Sydney Opera House architect Jorn Utzon’s first decorative artwork. The Opera Theatre Northern Foyer can seat up to 150 guests for a banquet, and has views stretching from Farm Cove through to Rose Bay. The Concert Hall, Northern Foyer is set below the sails of the Opera House and gives up to 1000 guests (for cocktails) spectacular views of Sydney Harbour below. The Opera Point Marquee, located on the picturesque harbour foreshore, is the ultimate location for formal dinner and cocktail parties. As well as offering guidance and assistance with facilities, menus and more, Opera Point Events can provide clients with a complete event management service for an additional charge. To find out more visit www.operapointevents.com.au. Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Located in the historic Rocks between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney offers a high level of service and quality synonymous with the Asian heritage of the Shangri-La group. With 563 well-appointed rooms and suites, many with to-die-for views of the harbour, it is a business hotel in every sense of the word. In-room facilities including high speed internet connections and voicemail options are complemented by the stunning Horizon Club executive lounge, a business centre, private meeting rooms with video-conferencing capabilities, and dining options. The Blu Horizon Bar and Altitude Restaurant are not only popular with guests but also with the Sydney business community, especially at the end of a busy week. Visit www.shangri- la.com/en/property/sydney/shangrila for further details. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has one of the most enviable locations in the city. Close to the Opera House and the Rocks area, the Four Seasons is a home away from home for many business executives thanks to its excellent location and in-room features. All of its 531 120 mice.net Sofitel Sydney Wentworth The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth went through a $10 million soft refurbishment program in 2008 to its 436 accommodation rooms, Club Sofitel executive lounge, day spa, health club and dining options, bringing it up to a level where it can once again lay claim to being one of Sydney’s finest hotels. For the business traveller its location is superb – smack bang in the heart of the CBD and surrounded by some of Australia’s biggest company headquarters. Club Sofitel is what the hotel calls its “hotel within a hotel” concept which is a fancy way of saying it’s a lounge area away from main thoroughfares where executives can find a little privacy in plush surroundings. Club Sofitel also has a butler service where guests can be primped and pampered to within an inch of their lives, for an extra charge of course. Visit www.sofitelsydney.com.au for further details. Hilton Sydney The Hilton Sydney lays claim to having undergone the most expensive refurbishment program in Australian hotel history - $200 million if you believe the press. The property now offers the largest meetings space of any hotel in Sydney along with 577 accommodation rooms. Because of the historical significance of the property many rooms could not be enlarged during the refurbishment meaning entry level rooms are small in comparison to more modern hotels. Nevertheless, what the rooms lack in size the venue as a whole makes up for in quality fixtures and fittings, high service levels and excellent dining options. The award-winning glass restaurant, operated by Australian celebrity chef, Luke Mangan, with the interior created by New York designer Tony Chi, is now a Sydney institution – a must dine for visitors from out of town, and travelling business executives. Right across from the Queen Victoria Building shopping centre, the Hilton Sydney is hard to go past for convenience. Visit www.hilton.com for further details. Westin Sydney If it’s a central location you’re after then you can’t go past the Westin Sydney, located right in the heart of George Street. The hotel was constructed around Sydney’s historic General Post Office and blends modern amenities and style with the charm of a bygone era in certain heritage-listed areas, such as the main ballroom and in the so-called Heritage Rooms. Heritage Rooms have soaring ceilings, antique windows, and a rustic charm while those in The Tower are contemporary in style. Whichever area you stay in, all of the 416 guest